The Early Settlement and Pioneers of Cartwright Township

The township of Cartwright is bounded on the north by Mariposa, on the west by part of the County of Ontario and Lake Scugog, on the south by Darlington, and on the east by Manvers. The soil is generally a rich loam - the timber hardwood. In 1850, the population stood at 1558; in 1861 it had risen to 2727.

Cartwright Township was settled largely by Irish immigrants, in the early 1800's. The families of DAFOE, MERSALUS, AULT, BOOTH, WEART, EMPY, ADAMS, MCNAIRN, SHAFER, ROSENBERGER, RAMBOUGH, HANES, HELMER, BROUSE, LENNOX, VAN ALLEN, MACDONNELL, COLLISON, MURCHISON, VAN CAMP, ROBLIN, GROOMS, URQUART, WARNER, GRIFFIN, MCGILLIS, SUTHERLAND, DOBBS, FITCHETTE, MALLORY, GRANT, William Warren BALDWIN, Ambrose DE FARCY, and Lieut.Col. FOSTER, obtained large grants of land from the Crown, previous to 1820.

After that the names of early actual settlers which appear are Caesars, Adams, Anderson, Archer, Argue, Armstrong, Arnott, Ashton, Axworthy, Bartley, Beacock, Beatty, Boulton, Bradburn, Brandon, Brown, Bruce, Bryans, Butson, Byers, Campbell, Chittick, Coulter, Cowan, Crawford, Crozier, Darcy, DeMara, Devin, Devitt, Dinsmore, Earl, Edgerton, Evans, Ferguson, Fluke, Follis, Fowler, Freeborn, Gardiner, Gibson, Given, Goggin, Hambley, Hay, Henry, Hillier, Holmes, Hovey, Hooper, Hubbard, Hunter, Hyland, Jackson, Johnston, Jobb, Kissack, Knapp, Lang, Lamerer, Lattimer, Lawson, Luk, Logan, Loucks, Mahoffy, Mahood, Malcolm, Marlow, Martin, Medd, Moore, Morone, Montgomery, Mugridge, Muirhead, McClenahan, McCrackin, McCrea, McCoy, McDougall, McGarrell, McKee, McKinnon, McLaughlin, McNally, McQuoid, Nesbitt, Parker, Patterson, Phair, Philip, Petes, Potts, Proutt, Pue, Reynolds, Richardson, Robertson, Saxon, Scott, Seymore, Shirks, Smith, Sparks, Talbot, Taylor, Torby, Trigg, Vance, Watson, White, Whitfield, Wedders, Willar, Williamson.

The township was named in compliment to the Hon. Richard Cartwright, of Kingston, who held a seat in the Legislative Council of Upper Canada, previous to his decease in 1815.

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